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Vintage bracelet




Treasure 2/21/2018


03/01/18



 Dear Donna,


I just acquired several pieces of old jewelry from a family member. This piece, I was told, was possibly bakelite plastic. It’s very heavy and carved at the top but there are no marks to tell me anything on it. I assume it’s from the 1940s to 1950s timeframe. Anything you could tell me would be helpful. 

Elizabeth from Concord
 
Dear Elizabeth, 
 
Judging from your timeframe and the look of your photo, I would say it could very well be bakelite. 
Bakelite has been around a lot longer than the 1940s but the jewelry era for the plastic was hot from the 1930s to even now. Prices for pieces have dropped so much over the years though, and as usual, reproductions have been made. So that becomes an issue when pricing.
First let’s determine if it is bakelite plastic. You can use any paste jewelry cleaner and apply a small amount onto a cloth. Now rub an area on it that doesn’t show like the inside of the bracelet (even though the polish won’t hurt it). If the cloth turns a bright yellow then you know you have bakelite. Any other color means it is just plastic.
Now to give it a price. If it is bakelite it would be in the $200 range. If it is just plastic and carved it’s possibly around $20. 
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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